Farmyard with Two Figures by a Well and a Large Wheelbarrow in the Foreground

Object Details

Title:

Farmyard with Two Figures by a Well and a Large Wheelbarrow in the Foreground

Artist/Maker(s):

Hubert Robert (French, 1733 - 1808)

Culture:

French

Date:

1760 - 1765

Medium:

Red chalk on buff-colored paper

Dimensions:

37.5 x 49.5 cm (14 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.)

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Natural, spontaneous, and fresh, this drawing reflects French artists' new direct approach to nature in the second half of the 1700s. The director of the French Academy in Rome encouraged students to make the Italian capital and its environs one of their favored subjects.

Hubert Robert created this drawing while a student at that academy. It explicitly embodies a theme that remained constant throughout his career: the interaction between living nature and aged, slightly decaying buildings. He brought many such drawings back to Paris, where they served as sources for his paintings for many years.

Robert typically developed compositions whose effect was both picturesque and slightly imposing. This scene, drawn in red chalk, one of his favorite media, combines direct observation with the artist's imagination. Characteristically, Robert included two diminutive figures at the stone well; they serve to accentuate the lean-to's great height and the massiveness of the well's pulley.

Provenance

Robert Goelet

P. de Boer, Amsterdam

Holzer Fine Arts

July 6, 1967

Sotheby's (London), [lot 34]

July 4, 1995

Christie's (London), [Stichting Collectie P. en N. de Boer sale, lot 91]

Exhibitions
Franse Tekenkunst van de 18de Eeuw uit Nederlandse verzamelingen (June 8 to August 4, 1974) (101; catalogue by J. W. Niemeijer)
  • Rijksprentenkabinet, (Amsterdam), June 8 to August 4, 1974
Landscape Drawings 1500 - 1900 (June 9 to August 23, 1998) (101; catalogue by J. W. Niemeijer)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 23, 1998
Red Chalk Drawings (March 16 to May 30, 1999) (101; catalogue by J. W. Niemeijer)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to May 30, 1999
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th Century Motion Picture (2000) (March 14 to May 28, 2000) (101; catalogue by J. W. Niemeijer)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 14 to May 28, 2000
Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002) (101; catalogue by J. W. Niemeijer)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 5 to May 12, 2002
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th Century Motion Picture (March 14 to June 18, 2006) (101; catalogue by J. W. Niemeijer)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 14 to June 18, 2006
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009) (101; catalogue by J. W. Niemeijer)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009
Rococo to Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings from Los Angeles Collections (July 1 to September 21, 2014) (101; catalogue by J. W. Niemeijer)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 1 to September 21, 2014